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The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
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Genre Children's
Created by Alan Goodman
Starring Irene Ng
Pat Morita
Adam Busch
Preslaysa Edwards
Steve Purnick
Jeremy Lakemacher
Ellen David
Eleanor Noble
Noah Klar
Composer(s) Bill Johnson
Country of origin Canada
United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 41 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Alan Goodman (seasons 1–3)
Micheline Charest (season 4)
Ronald A. Weinberg (season 4)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Out of My Mind Productions
Nickelodeon Productions
CINAR Coroporation (Season 4)
Distributor MTV Networks
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release March 16, 1996 (1996-03-16) – December 20, 1998 (1998-12-20)

The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo is a Canadian-American children's mystery television series that ran on Nickelodeon between 1996 and 1998. A total of 41 episodes of 30 minutes each were produced. Episodes from the first three seasons were taped at Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, and was one of the few single-camera productions there, while season 4 episodes were shot in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Primary characters

  • Shelby Woo (Irene Ng): Main protagonist of the show, who solves mysteries and is an overachiever. She lives in Cocoa Beach, Florida in Seasons 1-3 and moved to Boston with her grandfather in Season 4. Despite Woo being portrayed as a teenager, Ng was 24 years old by the end of the series. Shelby's parents aren't seen though are mentioned in episode S1Ep05 "Hot Seats" to be in China after Shelby receives a package from them.
  • Michael "Mike" Woo (Pat Morita): Shelby's loving grandfather and legal guardian who is looking after Shelby while her parents are in China. He's a practical retired detective with the San Francisco PD. Mike doesn't want Shelby to solve mysteries because he's afraid that she'll get hurt.
  • Cindy Ornette (Preslaysa Edwards): Shelby's perky best friend in Cocoa Beach; like Shelby, she likes getting involved in cases. Cindy is close to her cousin Wayne.
  • Noah Allen (Adam Busch): Shelby's other best friend in Cocoa Beach; he doesn't like getting involved in cases. Noah wants to be an actor.
  • Detective Whit Hineline (Steve Purnick): Works at the Cocoa Beach PD; he is Shelby's sarcastic former boss and doesn't like her interfering in his investigations. Detective Hineline does care about Shelby's well-being.
  • Detective Sharon Delancey (Ellen David): Works at the Boston PD, and is Shelby's new boss. While she isn't thrilled with Shelby's help, she is more accepting of it than Detective Hineline was.
  • Angela "Angie" Burns (Eleanor Noble): Shelby's new best friend from Boston who replaces Cindy; very good at science and applies that knowledge in certain cases.
  • Vincent "Vince" Rosania (Noah Klar): Shelby's other new best friend from Boston who replaces Noah; originally a suspect in one of Shelby's first cases in Boston. He becomes Shelby's love interest.

Recurring characters

  • Detective Muldoon (Angelo Tsarouchas): heavy set detective who assists Shelby in a few cases in Detective Delancey's absence; does needlepoint
  • Will (Joshua Harto): works at CJ's burger joint where Shelby and her friends hang out in Cocoa Beach; known for breaking things or coming up with poorly-thought-out ideas
  • Christie Sayers (Jennifer Finnigan): Shelby's nemesis who is determined to solve a case before she does and fails each time; only appears in season 4


Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 March 16, 1996 (1996-03-16) April 21, 1996 (1996-04-21)
2 7 January 4, 1997 (1997-01-04) February 22, 1997 (1997-02-22)
3 8 September 28, 1997 (1997-09-28) August 27, 1998 (1998-08-27)
4 20 September 6, 1998 (1998-09-06) October 25, 1998 (1998-10-25)

Season 1 (1996)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1 1 "Hot Seats" Maggie Greenwald Alan Goodman March 17, 1996 (1996-03-17) 101
Shelby must clear a scalper's name when he's framed for giving out counterfeit concert tickets.
2 2 "Hot Seats: Part 2" Maggie Greenwald Alan Goodman March 24, 1996 (1996-03-24) 102
Conclusion. The mystery tightens when the young man accused of selling fake tickets vanishes.
3 3 "Wipeout" Maggie Greenwald Joyce Wadler March 31, 1996 (1996-03-31) 103
When a local surf champ is poisoned, his rival is blamed. Shelby must prove the man's innocence.
4 4 "Fool's Gold" Chuck Vinson James Ponti & Paul Stubenrauch April 7, 1996 (1996-04-07) 104
A priceless gold coin is stolen from a local surf shop.
5 5 "The Missing Dolphin" Chuck Vinson Eric Weiner April 14, 1996 (1996-04-14) 105
A popular dolphin vanishes from a research facility in Cocoa Beach.
6 6 "The Missing Astronaut" Chuck Vinson Carin Greenberg Baker April 21, 1996 (1996-04-21) 106
A NASA astronaut is kidnapped during a party held in his honor at Shelby's own house.

Season 2 (1997)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
7 "The Alligator Mystery" Chuck Vinson Suzanne Collins January 4, 1997 (1997-01-04) 201
A gambling addict goes missing in an alligator park.
8 "Eye of the Storm" Maggie Greenwald James Ponti January 11, 1997 (1997-01-11) 202
During a hurricane, a valuable watch is stolen from its safe.
9 "The Alley Cat" Chuck Vinson TBA January 18, 1997 (1997-01-18) 203
A criminal who eluded Shelby's grandfather resurfaces.
10 "The Smoke Screen Case" Allison Liddi Suzanne Collins January 25, 1997 (1997-01-25) 204
Shelby investigates an arson that covered up the disappearances of animals.
11 "Tag, Not It" Chuck Vinson James Ponti February 1, 1997 (1997-02-01) 205
Shelby, Cindi, and Noah must clear Cindi's cousin's name when he's framed for graffiti.
12 "The Case of the Knockout Gas" Maggie Greenwald TBA February 15, 1997 (1997-02-15) 206
Cashiers at local mini-marts are being knocked unconscious by gas seeping through air vents. Who is responsible?
13 "Two Faced" Allison Liddi TBA February 22, 1997 (1997-02-22) 207
It is a case of mistaken identity when Noah is kidnapped due to his resemblance to a son of a scientist.

Season 3 (1997–98)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
14 "The Hit and Run Case" Allison Liddi Suzanne Collins September 28, 1997 (1997-09-28) 301
Detective Hineline is framed for a hit and run.
15 "The Shell Game Mystery" Allison Liddi James Ponti October 5, 1997 (1997-10-05) 302
Someone takes advantage of a campaign to help sea turtles to commit robberies.
16 "Mystery in the Wilderness" Allison Liddi Alan Goodman October 12, 1997 (1997-10-12) 303
A thief steals a computer chip during Shelby, Cindi, and Noah's nature trip.
17 "The Mascot Mystery" Maggie Greenwald James Ponti October 26, 1997 (1997-10-26) 304
The school mascot assaults the soccer champ.
18 "The Hot Dog Mystery" TBA TBA November 2, 1997 (1997-11-02) 305
Students get sick from eating the school's hot dogs.
19 "The Macbeth Mystery" Maggie Greenwald TBA November 9, 1997 (1997-11-09) 306
Accidents begin to plague a play.
20 "The John Doe Mystery" Maggie Greenwald James Ponti August 25, 1998 (1998-08-25) 307
An amnesiac man may play a role in the search for a missing satellite
21 "The Seminole Mystery" Maggie Greenwald Suzanne Collins August 27, 1998 (1998-08-27) 308
An authentic Seminole weapon is stolen.

Season 4 (1998)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
22 "The Paul Revere Mystery" Adam Weissman Alan Goodman September 6, 1998 (1998-09-06) 401
Shelby is a suspect when someone steals a silver bowl made by Paul Revere himself.
23 "The Spare Parts Mystery" Adam Weissman Suzanne Collins September 13, 1998 (1998-09-13) 402
Shelby has to find who has been stealing parts from cars being worked on at the school's auto shop.
24 "The Skin Deep Mystery" Lorette Leblanc TBA September 20, 1998 (1998-09-20) 403
Shelby goes undercover at a beauty pageant where mysterious accidents are occurring.
25 "The Itchy Shorts Mystery" Adam Weissman TBA September 27, 1998 (1998-09-27) 404
Someone has stolen the basketball team's money and put itching powder in their uniforms.
26 "The Robot Mystery" Jim Donovan TBA October 4, 1998 (1998-10-04) 405
A brilliant inventor has been attacked, and some of his blueprints have been stolen.
27 "The Art Attack Mystery" Jean-Marie Comeau TBA October 11, 1998 (1998-10-11) 406
A new outdoor art exhibit has been trashed and the artist disappears shortly thereafter.
28 "The Baseball Fan Mystery" Adam Weissman TBA October 13, 1998 (1998-10-13) 407
Shelby investigates the disappearance of four valuable baseball cards.
29 "The Yearbook Mystery" Lorette Leblanc TBA October 18, 1998 (1998-10-18) 408
Shelby and her friends investigate why page 86 is missing from most of the yearbooks.
30 "The UFO Mystery" Lorette Leblanc TBA October 20, 1998 (1998-10-20) 409
Shelby sets out to disprove a UFO sighting.
31 "The Haunted House Mystery" Lorette Leblanc TBA October 25, 1998 (1998-10-25) 410
Shelby helps a woman who believes her house is being haunted.
32 "The Moon Rock Mystery" Adam Weissman TBA November 1, 1998 (1998-11-01) 411
A rock from the moon is stolen from an exhibit at a space camp.
33 "The Egg Mystery" Adam Weissman TBA TBA 412
In 1926, a priceless Faberge egg vanished from what later became the Easterly Breeze. 70 years later, Shelby's grandfather attempts to reenact the crime.
34 "The Jinxed Campaign Mystery" Jean-Marie Comeau TBA TBA 413
Shelby gets involved with politics when someone tries to get a mayor candidate to drop from the race.
35 "The Movie Star Mystery" Lorette Leblanc TBA TBA 414
When a detective movie is being filmed in town, one of the stars goes missing, and Shelby is on the case.
36 "The Racetrack Mystery" Adam Weissman TBA TBA 415
A race horse about to retire goes missing.
37 "The Toy Store Mystery" Allison Liddi TBA September 20, 1998 (1998-09-20) 416
A popular doll and its accessories begin to malfunction.
38 "The Mystery Under Our Noses" Adam Weissman TBA TBA 417
When the President of the United States is planning a visit, the itinerary is stolen from the police station.
39 "The Mystery of The Mice That Roared" Allison Liddi TBA December 20, 1998 (1998-12-20) 418
Someone is playing pranks on the diners at a new restaurant.
40 "The Train Mystery" TBA TBA TBA 419
An architect is thrown off of a train on a trip from Boston to Washington DC.
41 "The Big Cheese Mystery" Jim Donovan Carin Greenberg Baker October 25, 1998 (1998-10-25) 420
A bank robber wears a cheese costume from a popular children's show while committing the crime.
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